The latest update to Google Glass now enables owners to view text messages from their Apple iPhone device directly on the Google Glass screen, in a similar way to the feature that is already available to users of Android smartphones.
Once you have paired your Google Glass eyewear with your iPhone it will appear as a notification on Glass screen. However you still won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with the iOS operating system says Google.
Google has also rolled out a new Calendar Glassware which is now available on the Glassware tab in MyGlass. Once this has been enabled it will allow you to see your agenda to the left of the home screen. Also simply tapping a calendar card from your timeline will allow you to change the title, time, location, and RSVP as well as delete the event or dismiss it from your timeline.
If the new Google Glass updates are not available to you already, Google says that the updates will be rolling out during this week.
The photo shows an iPhone 5S next to what is reported to be the iPhone 6 front panel, and as you can see from the photo, it is considerably larger than the iPhone 5S.
The photo of the alleged iPhone 6 front panel was posted on Weibo, and this is said to be the front panel for the 4.7 inch version of Apple’s iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 is said to come in two different sizes, one with a 4.7 inch display which will apparently launch in September, the other with a 5.5 inch or 5.7 inch display that will launch later in the year.
The iPhone 6 will come with Apple’s second generation 64-bit mobile processor, the Apple A8, it will also come with a new version of Apple’s mobile OS, Apple iOS 8, this is expected to launch in September along with the iPhone 6 and the Apple iWatch.
We are expecting the display of the iPhone 6 to come with sapphire glass, this is something that Apple is also apparently using for the Apple iWatch display.
iPhone 6 rumors we came across hinted at the launch of the device with a larger display, possibly two versions: one with 4.7-inch and other with a 5.7-inch.
The device is rumored to ship with iOS 8 as its operating system, which we’ve seen on some occasions in the past. Recently, an alleged screenshot was posted on Weibo, expected to be iOS 8 running on a large screen device.
The screenshot shows a different arrangement of icons — follows a five rows and seven columns layout, compared to 4 by 6 row layout on the 4-inch iPhone 5S and 5C. Additionally, the image posted on Weibo had a rather strange resolution 1,600 x 966 which doesn’t represent any current Apple device, iPhones or iPads.
It could be the latest iOS 8 running on the alleged iPhone 6 with a larger display, but there’s no way to confirm if the screenshot is legit or not, or if its running on the 4.7-inch device or 5.7-inch one.
Apple is rumored to launch the new iPhone in September later this year, but there’s no official word from Apple so a grain of salt is required to digest this.
According to a recent report, Apple is also looking to give iTunes a major overhaul, with a new design and features, in an attempt to boost music download sales.
According to the report, music downloads from iTunes have been on the decline, as people are using streaming services like Spotify instead, Apple launched their own streaming service, iTunes Radio last year.
It would appear that iTunes Radio has not helped Apple increase their download sales, and they are now looking at other avenues to boost sales.
iTunes is still the major player in music downloads, and sales on the platform account for around 40 percent of US music sales and revenue.
Apple are apparently looking at a new on demand subscription service for iTunes, which would allow users to download the music they want, the company also has some other plans in the works.
According to the report by Billboard, Apple’s iTunes could look completely different than it does today over the next three to five years.
Today it has been confirmed by Apple that the longtime software designer will be retiring after nearly 20 years creating Apple’s products and more recently Apple’s iOS mobile operating system and the aiding with the launch of the Apple iPhone.
According to multiple sources both with inside and outside Apple Greg Christie’s's departure has been known for some time and planning for his departure has been taking place at Apple for quite some time.
Greg Christie joined Apple in 1996 and together with the “Slide to Unlock,” Christie has been instrumental in developing many important iPhone features. It’s reported that Christie will stay at Apple a while longer working on “special projects,” in a similar manner to former Apple SVP of Technology Bob Mansfield, until he retires.
In the last court case between Apple and Samsung, Samsung ended up having to pay Apple $930 million US dollars, although the court originally awarded Apple a higher amount.
We heard recently that Apple was rumored to be seeking damages of around $2 billion from Samsung in the latest court case, and now the exact figure has been revealed, Apple is looking for $2.19 billion US dollars in damage from Samsung.
Apple hired a damages expert for the current trial, Chris Vellturo, who explained to the jury that the damages were a combination of lost profits and royalty fees for devices that Samsung have sold. Apple is claiming that Samsung sold 37 million smartphones and tablets that used their technology.
“It’s a very large market and Samsung has made a lot of sales into that market,” Vellturo said, before getting into the specifics of how he came to his estimate. Samsung’s alleged infringement, he said, came at a time of dramatic growth in the market as many people were buying their first smartphone.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the latest court case between Apple and Samsung, although we suspect that this one will probably take as long as the last one to reach a final conclusion.
It has been reported this week that Apple has acquired the speech recognition technology company Novauris to bolster the development team that is working on developing the features and functionality of its mobile personal assistant Siri.
Novauris Technologies was founded in 2002 and grew out of the British research subsidiary of Dragon Systems, Dragon Systems R&D U.K. Ltd.
After Apple was asked to confirm the acquisition Apple replied to a question asked by the Tech Crunch saying “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
Tech Crunch explains a little more about the acquired company : “Novauris had been developing its own large-vocabulary, automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology for access to information stored locally on mobile devices or remotely on servers, which they patented in the U.S. and abroad, and licensed to major corporations worldwide.”
Reports are suggesting that the acquisition apparently took place last year but has only just been announced and the team from the newly acquired company is already working on improving and enhancing the Siri voice recognition technology included on Apple’s mobile devices and included with this iOS 7 mobile operating system.
Apple has announced that the Apple WWDC 2014 will take place between the 2nd and 6th of June, it will be held in San Francisco’s Moscone West center.
Prevously Apple sold the tickets to their Worldwide Developer Conference on a first come first serve basis, things will be different this year, as tickets will be issued randomly to developers who register between now and the 7th of April.
Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) now through Monday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, and tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection. Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. There will also be 200 Student Scholarships available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket (developer.apple.com/wwdc/students). This year the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and its alliance partners will help promote scholarships to female engineers and coders.
“We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”
Developers who are selected at random will then be given the choice of purchasing a ticket which will retail for $1,599. You can find out more details about applying for the Apple WWC 2014 conference over at Apple’s developer website at the link below.
Apple has this week rolled out a new update for its Mac iWork for iCloud applications bringing with it a number of new features and enhancements for Mac users to enjoy across all the apps.
Apple has visually redesigned their iWork application suite and now Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all follow the styling set by the same apps available in Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system.
Within the latest update Apple has now rolled out the highly anticipated support for retina screens throughout its iWorks suite. Together with adding new new transitions and builds, to Keynote and new printing options, custom data formats, and custom table styles to name just a few within Numbers.
Features of the new iWorks suite now enable users to edit imported documents that can then be shared as the only documents, as well as being able to open documents directly from the iCloud mail.
All new Pages, Numbers, and Keynote app for both Mac systems and iOS are now available to download from the iTunes App Store and Mac Store now. Jump over to the respective stores for more details.
The Apple quarter 2 earnings will be announced on the 23rd of April, this will be the earnings for Apple’s second fiscal quarter and first calendar quarter of 2014.
Apple will hold a conference call at 5PM Eastern / 2.00 OM Pacific on Wednesday the 23rd of April, and as well as Apple’s latest earnings we can expect an update on how many devices the company has sold.
Apple will announce how many iPhones and iPads they have sold in their latest financial quarter, this will include sales of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, as well as the iPad Air and iPad Mini.
In the previous financial quarter, Apple sold 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads, they do not normally give a breakdown for each model of the iPhone and iPad, and this is not expected to change in their latest earnings calls.
In the last financial quarter Apple’s iPhone and iPad sales were higher than any previous quarter, it will be interesting to see if Apple continues to increase sales of both devices in their latest earnings release.
There’s a great news for Apple fans residing in Turkey — Istanbul to be specific. The country’s first Apple store is set to open its doors for the customers at 10 AM April 10th, in the Zorlu Shopping Center in Istanbul. We’re hoping Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will be present at the time when the store opens for the first time.
The listing is there on the official Apple website store location, with a date and timing of its opening, but the folks at Webrazzi managed to grab a few snapshots of the location.
The whole store is wrapped in a black sheet, and by the looks of it, it seems the store is enormous. The store occupies approximately 20,000 square feet, and will have two floors. The store will offer the usual Apple store service, including One to One training and the Joint Venture service.
Additionally, it will also features some unique features as per the employees of the store, as well as Genius bar, sales floor and a Family room.
The opening marks the Apple’s entrance to new emerging markets, where it plans to set its footprints. Apple has landed in Turkey, and we’re hoping the company will open up its retail stores in other major emerging markets in the future as well.
It’s been a while since Microsoft released their Office suite of apps for iPad, and in less then two days, Word, Excel and Powerpoint managed to top the charts in various regions across the globe.
At first, it may seem that Office for iPAd may be the productivity suite every iPad users must be waiting for, but we’re not sure. There are several handy alternatives available in the App Store, but obviously, an official Word app from the Redmond-giant itself was supposed to get this much popularity.
All the apps — Word, Excel and Powerpoint — for iPad follows a freemium business model, and can be download free from the App store, but with limited functionality, at least for the iPad owners. The free model lets users view their documents on the app, but to edit them, you need to have an Office 365 subscription which costs $9.95 per month.
Microsoft also announced a personal package which will be available in the coming weeks, and costs a little lower, that is, $6.99 per month. Users also have the option of purchasing an Office 365 subscription from within the app, but in that case, it will have to give a little bit of share to Apple.
Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad, Android and iPhone at its cloud event a few days back. The new Office for iPad includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
All Office for iPad apps work great, but unlike Office for Windows, Office for iPad lacks the ability to print documents, spreadsheets or presentation from within the app, but it seems it will get it in the future update.
Office for iPad is without a doubt an excellent productivity suite, but in order to print a document or a sheet, you have to first transfer it to another device that supports printing like Office for Mac or Windows, and get the printing done.
According to a new report from PCWorld, Microsoft said in a statement, “We will continue to update the applications based on customer feedback and needs.” They further said, “Similar to other Microsoft apps (like OneNote for iPad) and the Office 365 service, we provide feature updates based on an ongoing basis. Since launching Office 365 last year, we’ve delivered more than 100 updates to the commercial and consumer services extending the Office 365 subscription value.”
For those of you who don’t know, Office for iPad requires an Office 365 subscription in order to unlock the full potential of the service, otherwise, the free version only let users view the files.
Twitter has released a software update for its Android and iOS apps, the update brings a range of new features to both apps, including photo tagging.
The updated Twitter apps for iOS and Android will, now let you tag up to 10 people in each photo, you can now also share up to 4 different photos in each tweet.
Tag up to 10 people in a photo
Tagging people in a picture makes conversations around photos fun and easy. And tagging doesn’t affect character count in the Tweet — you can tag up to 10 people in a photo and still have all 140 characters at your disposal, making it easier to connect with your friends. If you’re the one being tagged, you’ll get a notification. You can adjust notifications, as well as who can tag you, in your Settings.
Share up to 4 photos in a single Tweet
And now, you can also share a series of photos that automatically create a collage. Just tap on a preview to get the full image and slide through the group. The ability to upload multiple photos is starting to roll out today on iPhone, and is coming soon to Android and twitter.com. Whether you’re on iPhone, Android or twitter.com, you can view Tweets with multiple photos.
You can find out more information about the updated Android and iOS mobile apps from Twitter over at the official Twitter blog at the link below.
Apple and Samsung have been engaged in a range of court cases relating to patents, and now Apple has won a patent lawsuit in Japan, than Samsung had filed against it.
Samsung had accused Apple’s iPhone 4 and the iPad 2 of infringing on data communication patents that it owned, but a court in Japan has found in Apple’s favor on the patent.
“We are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Samsung said in an e-mailed statement earlier today. “Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal.”
Apple have yet to make any statement on the latest ruling on patent cases between the two companies, and this may not be the end of it as Samsung could decide to appeal.
Weiphone forum poster has revealed some details about Apple plans for the upcoming Macbook Air and Macbook, as well as some information about the highly rumored iWatch.
The forum posted has a solid track record, and released legitimate information and photos of the un-released Macbooks in the past so we have a reason to believe he has some juicy bits to share with us.
According to this posted, Apple will launch a 12-inch Macbook will probably come without a fan assembly, as well as a redesigned trackpad and will feature retina display.
1. MacBook Air updates are coming soon; MacBook Pro updates won’t occur until September. 2. He discusses a new 12 inch notebook without fan assembly. It comes with a new trackpad design that doesn’t include the mechanical button, as we do on current MacBooks. 3. An Apple watch device does exist but still in prototype stage, so its announcement won’t come anytime soon.
Additionally, he also mentions that Macbook Air will also get a refresh soon, and also sheds some light on the Macbook Pros. According to the source, the upgraded Macbook Pros will launch, but it will not happen before September later this year. He also talked about the iWatch, saying that it will launch later this year.
Apple has released an updated version of Garage Band for Mac, and the new version of the application comes with some new features.
One if the new feature in Garage Band for Mac is the ability to export songs in MP3 formt, it also comes wiht a number of improvements for accessibility.
You can see details of what is included in the latest Garage Band for Mac app below.
What’s New in Version 10.0.2
• Improves stability and addresses a number of minor issues • Adds the option to export songs as an MP3 • Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility • Includes 3 new Drummers and drum kits from the rock, songwriter, and R&B genres*
*Part of the one-time in-app purchase that includes the complete set of GarageBand sounds, loops, and drummers, as well as access to the GarageBand Lesson Store.
Garage Band for Mac is available as a free download from Apple’s Mac App store, you can find out more details about the app at the link below.